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Conditions and Treatments

Conditions Treated

The Emory Voice Center treats all forms of vocal cord damage and problems. The conditions in the following list link to descriptions of causes, symptoms, and diagnoses in the Emory Voice Center section of the Emory Healthcare website:

Therapy and Treatments

Evaluation for Voice Disorders

An examination that involves discussion of symptoms, medical history, and a thorough head and neck examination to test for vocal quality, efficiency, and proper speaking technique.

Laryngeal Videostroboscopy

An endoscope (a small tube with a fiber optic camera on the end) connected to a video monitor and a stroboscopic light source allows for a minimally invasive visual evaluation of laryngeal function and vibration.


While the patient is under general anesthesia, the physician examines the vocal folds of the larynx.

Diagnostic Laryngeal Electromyography

By measuring electrical activity of the laryngeal muscles, this procedure can evaluate neurologic input to the larynx and help predict recovery in patients with vocal fold paralysis.

Laryngeal Botulinum Toxin Therapy

Botox weakens vocal muscles, diminishes spasms, and is one of the most effective treatments in recent years for spasmodic dysphonia and tremor.

Laryngeal Microsurgery

The minimally invasive removal of vocal fold nodules, polyps, or cysts.

Laryngeal Framework for Surgery for Vocal Fold Paralysis and Atrophy

These conditions may need to be corrected with surgery. Our surgeons employ a variety of techniques to improve breathing, swallowing, and voice.

Open Airway Surgery

Certain airway stenosis patients may be candidates for this surgery and reconstruction. Our physicians are trained to know when and how to intervene.

Awake KTP Laser Therapy

The Emory Voice Center is the only program of its type in Atlanta or the southeast that offers Awake Laser Therapy — also known as Pulsed KTP Laser Therapy — to patients with vocal cords lesions. This delicate laser technology allows doctors to treat vocal cord lesions such as polyps or tumors in the outpatient setting without anesthesia. Watch the video on the Emory Healthcare website.

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